Cecile Doo-Kingué wants “to be your bitch”. And she wants somebody to “fuck the devil out of me!” Yes, shocking indeed! That’s how the first song of Cecile Doo-Kingué’s third album opens. The folk singer songwriter from New York City makes her mark right from the start.

The following song isn’t smoother: the 3rd World Child doesn’t shed a tear as the 1st World Bastard dies. The kind of things that can be heard around a bottle of wine when Left wingers speak of international inequity, but rarely do we hear these themes sung loud and clear as Cecile Doo-Kingué does.

Cecile is traveler. Born and raised in the Big Apple by Cameroonian parents, she moved her guitar case in the US and France before calling Montreal her home. On the song Home, she sings a few verses in French, illustrating with ease her ease in the bi-cultural city as a “citoyenne du monde”. On that particular song, her guitar playing is nothing less than spectacular.

Right after, on Bloodstained Vodka, she hits the blues with strong and emotional vocals. The comparison with another Black folksinger, Tracy Chapman, a pioneer in her own time, doesn’t stand that much as it would be with purists like Jack White or, why not, Robert Johnson. Cecile Doo-Kingué has character and loads of musical talent.

The newcomer in the city of indie rock has released two albums previously to “Anybody Listening Part 1: The Monologues”. Back in June 2010, she stroke a first time with “Freedom Calling” which received great reviews. Two years later, “Gris” confirmed her talent and grew her fan base. Through the years, we heard her playing with  Montreal Jubilation Choir, Bernard Purdie, Aliens, Cafe Soul, Soul City, Tricia Foster, Scarlett Jane, United Steel Workers of Montreal.

Here is a singer that shines with confidence, due to true talent and authenticity. She’s the real thing.

Anybody Listening Part 1: The Monologues
(CDK Musik, 2015)

-Genre: blues and folk
-Can be somehow compared to Ani Di Franco, Jack White, Bob Dylan

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Nicolas Pelletier

Mélomane invétéré plongeant dans tous les genres et époques, Nicolas Pelletier a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts depuis 1991, dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur en chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie "Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique" en 2013, lance le site RREVERB en 2014, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016. Il dirige maintenant la stratégie numérique d'ICI Musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada.